Is Practising Islam Easy or Difficult?

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Islam is supposed to be easy but I am finding it hard to practise. How can we reconcile between this ease and hardship?

All good things are not beyond a person’s capacity to attain but they are only attained through effort. Even in worldly affairs, effort is required to attain one’s goals. If we look at the religion from the perspective that it does not give us obligations which we are unable to fulfil, we find ease in it. In addition to this, we find that whenever we act upon the injunctions of the religion we receive great openings, gentleness and assistance from Allah. When the spirit begins to find pleasure in acts of worship and the person begins to appreciate the inner beauty of the religion, all physical hardship becomes easy to bear. In fact, the hardship which the lower self experiences – which has been likened to holding on to a hot coal – is transformed into pleasure which the spirit experiences. When Sayyiduna Bilal was asked how he bore the pain of being tortured in Makkah, he said that he caused the sweetness of faith which he was tasting to overcome the pain of torture.

The religion is easy to practise but the soul goes through difficulty in establishing it in the best way. There is no contradiction in this. What makes it seem more difficult is that the majority of people around us do not practise it. The Prophet ﷺ said: “This religion began as something strange and it will return once again as something strange, so good tidings to the strangers who bring life to the affairs of my Sunnah which people had caused to die.”

The Renewal (tajdid) of Imam al-Haddad

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Imam al-Haddad is known as the ‘renewer’ (mujaddid) of the 12th Islamic century. What form did his renewal (tajdid) take?

Imam al-Haddad brought about a general renewal and a specific renewal. He brought about a general renewal by giving life to the meanings of the religion in the hearts and the lives of its adherents. This was the promised renewal which the Prophet ﷺ informed us would take place every century. He brought about a specific renewal by explaining the spiritual path of his predecessors and making it easy for those who wish to travel it. He placed everything that a wayfarer on the path needs – whether it be the Ba Alawi path specifically or any Sufi path – in two of his books: ‘Good Manners’ (Adab Suluk al-Murid) and ‘The Book of Assistance’ (Risalat al-Mu`awanah).

Protection from Acid Attacks

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

There has been a spate of acid attacks recently. What can we recite to protect ourselves from these kind of attacks?

Recite 450 times:

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل

Hasbunallahu wa ni`ama’l-wakil

“Allah is sufficient for us and He is the best protector.” (3:173)

Recite 100 times:

وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Wa ufawwidu amri ila-Allah, inna-Allaha basirun bil-‘ibaad

“I surrender my affair to Allah: Allah is well aware of His servants.” (40:44)

Adhkar for Masjid al-Aqsa

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Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) recommends reciting the following adkhar every day with the intention of bringing relief and protecting Masjid al-Aqsa from being violated.

Recite 450 times:

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل

Hasbunallahu wa ni`ama’l-wakil

“Allah is sufficient for us and He is the best protector.” (3:173)

Recite 100 times:

 

وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Wa ufawwidu amri ila-Allah, inna-Allaha basirun bil-‘ibaad

“I surrender my affair to Allah: Allah is well aware of His servants.” (40:44)

Recite 70 times:

 

رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Rabbana’ghfirlanaa dhunubanaa wa israafana fi amrinaa wa thabbit aqdamanaa wa’nsurnaa `ala’l-qawmi’l-kafirin

‘Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our transgressions, make our feet firm and assist us against those who reject faith.’ (3:147)

Recite 10 times:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ على سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ الَّذي أَسْرَيْتَ بِهِ مِنْ المَسْجِدِ الحَرامِ إلى المَسْجِدِ الأَقْصى، وأَعْرَجْتَ بِهِ إِلى السَّمَاوَاتِ العُلا، وعلى آلِهِ وصَحْبِهِ خَيْرِ المَلا، وعلى مَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسانٍ وأَيْقِظْ قُلُوبَ المُسْلِمينَ، ورُدَّ كَيْدَ أَعْدَائِكَ مِنْ اليَهُودِ المُعْتَدِينَ على بَيْتِ المَقْدِس، وكُلِّ مَنْ والاهُمْ مِنْ أَهْلِ الشَّرِّ في الأَرْضِ وادْفَعْ شَرَّهُمْ وضُرَّهُمْ عَنَّا وعَنْ أَهْلِ لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا الله، وأَلْهِمْنا رُشْدَنا في كُلِّ حَرَكَةٍ وسُكُونٍ يا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِين

Allahumma salli wa sallim ‘ala sayyidinaa Muhammad alladhi asrayta bihi min al-masjid’il-harami il’al-masjidil aqsa, wa a’rajta bihi ilassamaawatil ‘ula, wa ‘ala aalihi wa sahbihi khayri’l-mala, wa ‘ala man tabi’ahum bi ihsaan, wa ayqidh quluba’l-muslimin, wa rudda kayda a’daika minal yahudil mu’tadina ‘ala bayti’l-maqdis, wa kulli man waalaahum min ahli sharri fil ardh, wadfa’ sharrahum wa durrahum ‘anna wa ‘an ahli laa ilaaha ill’Allah, wa alhimnaa rushdanaa fi kulli harakatin wa sukun, ya Arhamarraahimin!

O Allah, bestow Your prayers and peace upon our Master Muhammad, the one who You caused to travel by night from the Masjid al-Haram to the Masjid al-Aqsa and then raised to the highest heavens and upon his Family and Companions, the best of people and upon those who follow them with excellence. May Allah awaken the hearts of the Muslims and foil the plots of the aggressors, Your enemies who are violating Bayt al-Maqdis and all those who support them among the people of evil on the earth. May He protect us and all the people of la ilaha ill’Allah from their harm and evil and may He inspire us to do what is right in every moment, O Most Merciful!

Should I Recite Awrad if I Have Prayers to Make Up?

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Should I recite awrad if I have prayers to make up?

There is a difference of opinion regarding this but the best course of action is to gradually make up your prayers and to take the position that it is permissible to recite the awrad and pray supererogatory prayers at the same time.

Adhkar for Someone Preparing to Get Married

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Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

I am preparing to get married. Is there something I should recite at this time?

Recite the following in abundance:

مَا شَاءَ اللهُ لا حَوْلَ ولا قوَّةَ إلَّا باللهِ

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وآلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وبارِكْ وسَلِّمْ

Ma sha Allah la hawl wa la quwata illa billah

Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammad wa ali sayyidina Muhammad wa barik wa sallim

This is what Allah willed; there is no strength or power save by Allah.

O Allah, bestow prayers, peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad and his Family

 

Also repeat the last two verses of Surat al-Tawbah. This has the effect of bringing harmony between people.

لَقَدْ جَاءكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَقُلْ حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

Laqad ja’akum rasulumin anfusikum `azizun `alayhi ma `anittum harisun `alaykum bi’lmu’minin ra’ufurrahim. Fa in tawallaw faqul hasbiyallahu la ilaha illa Hu `alayhi tawakkaltu wa huwa rabbu’l-`arshi’-l-`azim.

There has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves, grievous to whom is your burden, concerned (is he) for you; for the believers (he is) full of compassion, merciful. If they turn away say: ‘Allah is sufficient for me; there is no deity save He. On Him do I rely; He is the Lord of the Awesome Throne.’ (Al-Tawbah, 9:128-9)